GEORGETOWN — Defense attorneys for a Georgetown man being retried in the slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend asked prosecutors to give them more information about a gun that has been linked to Roger L. McBeath Jr.
McBeath was found guilty in October 2004 of shooting Ashley Lyons, 18, of Georgetown in January 2004. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that McBeath should get a new trial because a jail informant overstepped his bounds by questioning him in the jail about the shooting.
Prosecutors agreed to provide some of the information that defense attorneys requested regarding how the gun was located. Circuit Judge Robert G. Johnson encouraged both sides to handle any issues that would result in a continuance of the trial, which is scheduled to begin April 17.
Heather Crabbe, a public defender from Boone County, asked that the trial be postponed in order to give the defense time to find ballistic experts and obtain results from any testing.
Johnson has not yet ruled on that motion.
McBeath is scheduled to return to court at 1 p.m. March 9 for a hearing.